February 5, 2009 - Thursday of the Week of Transfiguration

Today's Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21

Daily Lectionary: Job 2:1-3:10; John 1:19-34

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (2 Peter 1:16)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. St. Peter should know! He didn't make this stuff up! He saw Jesus transfigured. He heard Jesus preach. He saw Jesus on trial. He saw Jesus alive from the dead. He himself was crucified upside down as a martyr. You don't die for a story you made up!

In the Christian church, we hear preached the teaching of Christ's apostles. How do we know it's true? How do we know it's trustworthy? Because what they taught they also recorded in the Holy Scriptures. How do we know that the Scriptures are reliable? How do we know they're God's Word? Because they were written by the eyewitnesses who were Jesus' apostles and disciples.

Your Lord doesn't want you to have any doubts. He doesn't want you to think for a moment that His Word is unreliable or untrue. Rather, by that Word, He teaches you who He is and what He has done. By that Word you know your Lord has come in the flesh and has gone to the Cross with your sins. You know that by that Word, the font is your new birth from above. By Christ's Word you know that your pastor's forgiveness is Christ's forgiveness. By those same Scriptures you know that the Words your pastor speaks in the Divine Service are the words which give you Jesus' body and blood.

We started the week by hearing the Father tell us about Jesus, “Hear Him!” Peter is writing in his epistle that we should hear him and the other apostles and all our faithful pastors in Christ. Hear them as speakers of Christ's own word. Hear them as Christ Himself. For it is His Words that they preach which deliver you from sin and death. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

God is speaking by His Spirit, Speaking to our hearts again, In the ageless Word declaring His own message, now as then. Through the rise and fall of nations One sure faith yet standing fast; God abides, His Word unchanging; God the first, and God the last. (LSB 583:3)